Viewing entries from category: Postmodern Theory
What is it?
The concept is one which has become increasingly useful in the analysis and understanding of contemporary media culture but unfortunately is not a simple one to define.
It is at once a sociological condition which it is argued that the western world has moved in to over the last 30 years or so, a way of working (i.e. we can talk of a pomo film/book/work of art, etc.) and a set of philosophical ideas about the nature of reality; and these three aspects interact, and...[ read full article ] »
The purpose of the transition point is to provide AS students with a flavour of what they can expect in their A2 year. It is also an ideal opportunity to really enjoy teaching a whole text, to ease pupils into a more demanding course. In addition, the unit also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to address the A2 coursework element and in particular the Research Paper. During the first lesson it is useful to explore with pupils what...[ read full article ] »
What is Postmodernism?
Pupils are asked to undertake secondary research and find 3 possible definitions of postmodernism. Suggested resources - Strinati, D., (2004) An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, Second Edition, Routledge, London and Kruger, S., Rayner, P. and Wall, P., (2004), Media Studies, The Essential Introduction, Second Edition, Routledge, London.
Share these with the group and compare definitions. What similarities can be drawn from...[ read full article ] »
Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Postmodern Theory, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials
A critical investigation on why the vampire genre has evolved so dramatically.
When the vampire genre first appeared in popular fiction with Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’, written in 1897, the character of Dracula was derived from Slavic folklore, focusing on the history and culture of Transylvania. Throughout the early 1900s vampire films became more and more popular even before the screen adaptation of Dracula in 1931. During this early period, vampires took on the...[ read full article ] »
Postmodernism challenges conventional relations between audience and text but also arouses controversy in terms of the validity of some theoretical concepts – these concepts have been much criticised, particularly by Marxist writers. What makes some texts postmodern and some not has been, and is the subject of much debate with the suggestion that to be truly postmodern the boundaries between reality and representation must be blurred.
Postmodernism itself is a wide...[ read full article ] »
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In theory, the proliferation of web 2.0 user- generated content and the appropriation of creative technologies by media audiences challenges the role of the media professional. In a very real sense it would seem that YouTube, Blogs and Myspace etc, not to mention the affordability of digital editing software and other home studio facilities, embody the collapse of the distinction between the real and the simulated that Jean Baudrillard...[ read full article ] »